Maid 4 U, New York's own flavor of a Japanese Maid Cafe

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Written by Young Jeohn

Maid cafes are a staple for the geeks in Japan. They might go to Akiba on any given weekend to support aspiring idol singers, pick up a mech model or manga, and have coffee served to them by cute cosplaying maids at a cafe. These maid cafes are very popular there and are getting more mainstream - enough to spread to different countries around the world. Including ours.

Maid4U is an offshoot of the maid cafe idea and is based in New York city. But instead of the usual retail coffee shop, they've modified their services to cater for events - from black tie events and grand openings to conventions and shop promos.

So the next time you have an event that could use a few maids to serve and entertain, Maid 4 U may be an interesting option. 

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THE MAIDS

You currently have 11 maids to choose from, each with a different personality, each offering a different experience. These maids are ageless and have a young persona (though if you need to know, they're all above legal age and can have a drink if offered.) I met four maids who happened to be performing at an anime convention, and each had their own quirks:

Maid Akina (the princess) - has a princess complex, and is perhaps, a bit arrogant - the ultimate idol maid. She walks the talk when it comes to talent, especially in dancing (pole, in particular).

Maid Senna (the baby) - she's got the sweetest personality (mostly)... until her split personality catches everyone by surprise. Happens more often when the other maids poke fun and irritate her.

Maid Miyu (the prankster) - She's impatient and spoiled, but likes treating all her masters like her big brothers. She loves pulling pranks to get attention.

Maid Kokoro (shy and clumsy) - She's the timid one of the group, and the other maids do their best to protect her (sometimes from herself!) She'll fall 100 times a day and can be forgetful.

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THE SERVICES

Unlike a typical maid cafe, they don't just walk around looking pretty - they're delightful to watch as they interact with each other. It's somehow like having a maid reality show in the midst of your event with your guests being a part of the show.

Part of the fun might include a break out in a sudden group song and dance or an ad hoc magic trick. It's a great deal more fun for guests than simply being greeted and seated.

You can choose from their entertainment services such as: 

  • singing & dancing
  • role-playing & skits
  • ad hoc magic shows
  • tarot readings
  • karaoke
  • running games & prizes...

Or they just might do some of these things if you treat them nicely...

TYPES OF EVENTS

As mentioned earlier, they do all kinds of events. To give you an idea of some of them, they have experience in:

  • Corporate black tie events
  • Conventions (e.g. Comic Con)
  • Festivals
  • Private parties
  • Grand openings
  • Birthday parties
  • Promotional events
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And that's just the short list. If you own a bakery for instance, you could even hire Maid 4 U and make an event out of a slow day to draw in new customers. Advertise, promote and offer some entertainment with a lovely group of quirky - but talented ladies. Oh, and they travel too, if you're outside of New York City.

For more info:
facebook.com/cutemaids
instagram.com/maid4ucafe


NEXT PUBLIC APPEARANCE
For those of you interested in seeing Maid 4 U in action, their next public appearance will be a Valentine's special on February 13th, 2018 from 6pm-11pm (Kulu Desserts in Flushing, Queens. They will be wearing school girl uniforms and competing for your attention. Details are available on their facebook page.

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Young Jeohn

Adding creative flair to Otakus & Geeks with his videos, photos and written musings. Having lived abroad with extensive travel experience from Scandinavian ice castles to the fashionable Harajuku district in Tokyo, he carries knowledge from old-skool anime days and enjoys eating with chopsticks (with expert precision), talking shop with companies large and small and other questionable activities he can't talk about in public. His website lives at http://www.YoungFromNewYork.com